Lifting shadows off a dream


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Standing on a foreign ground; among a strange crowd, in a queue with people from all around the planet being asked where we came from; and where are we going from here… jokingly I said “no one ever knows” which made me do nothing else but long for the warm sunny island I belong to; surely; makes me long for the people who made this island worth a while; those who gave life a meaning in the first place; with the good and the bad; yet once a person is isolated from all that; HOME will appeal as it never did before; with all the good and bad… the way we are; or were in some cases!

From where I stand; seems to me that I made a big deal getting angry over some silly stuff; or maybe overreacted towards something or someone; and the other way around; I heard some words that shouldn’t be said; and was treated wrong and never reacted properly… All that matters as much as a juicy Steak to a vegetarian now… It’s all been said and done…

From where I stand; I somehow am trying to oversee all that for its fading and what’s clear  are the good that I was done by; the sweetness and tenderness that I came across… has anyone noticed that In times of agony;  smallest of gestures have the highest value anyone could imagine? It is; and in times when I was down and literary wounded; a friend came into my life; a true one that stood by me and believed in me; that now, no matter what came our way; what was done and what was said; I chose to lift these shadows off such a beautiful dream and remember it without any rotten apples; for I chose to see it the way I want to; beautiful and bright…

We all know what memories can bring; so, no matter where life takes us; and no matter where we end up to be… I’ll always have this image in my heart; of young, happy people… even if it wasn’t… that’s the deference between a photograph and a painting…

I will follow the stars no matter how far they are;

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

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The War against God!

Now some may call it “out of this world” and others would just call it insane; but I would say it’s already upon us, and that my friends is what really matters now!

This war, is not a war waged by the anti-Christ, and surely not by atheists… It’s a war by men of God (or so they claim)…

In the holy Quran, the Lord commanded people to worship him, the one who protected them from fear and prevented them from hunger…. I think it’s safe to say that the Almighty has favored peace, serenity and security over food… For with no peace, what value for food will there be?

Throughout history, modern and ancient; priests, shaman, and scholars amongst the rest of their similar positioned religious spokesmen have always had control over their herds, in the name of God, any God their people would worship.

Now such people (mostly men, but women have their share as well) spoke in the name of the Gods and commanded them in their names to prosecute, kill and cast away their fellow-men for no other reason but control and power… Not all of them were/are of the same breed, but most are.

Looking back in history would only explain us what’s going on today and what will happen in the future in some cases; all wars (with minor exceptions) were religiously driven; if not against a fellow race it would be against a fellow-man… I might understand (somehow) the crusades when the Christians waged a holy war to free Jerusalem from the Muslims, but I’ll never understand the Irish Christian/Christian civil war! What do we call that? Stupidity? Ignorance? Or is it seeking power? Power with a hell of a price to pay… By people, not their leaders! Sudan is another case to closely monitor for us to understand and see to ourselves that no winners will come out of it.

“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers”
Francois Fenelon

They promise them exclusive entry to the Elysian Fields and like a cattle they are driven to the slaughter grounds; as if heaven keys were exclusively given to them for safe keeping!

No one speaks for God; he speaks for himself and always did… He would never have an issue communicating with us; after all he created everything; hasn’t he? We ask HIM for advice, we ask HIM for a better tomorrow, not phony mortals in strange costumes who barely can make sense to their followers… God created us all equally, and favored no one but by deeds… He doesn’t want us to kill our fellow-man for no other reason but being different, and doesn’t want us to think we are better…. He wants us to act it, and be better for real!

There’s no difference between an easterner or a westerner, between black or white, Asian or African, man or a woman, old or young… But for their legacy… What are they bound to leave behind? A book maybe? Or a help one gives to a stranger that turns out to be a scientist that saves a million lives?

“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it’s what you leave behind you when you’re gone” Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis

If one claims to love God, worship him, believe in him… I ask this… What did God say about loving one another? What did men say about it? What did God say about forgiving? What did men say about it? What did God say about killing innocent in his name? And what did men say about it?

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away

“The Religion before Allah is Islam” (19 Aal-i-Imraan)

Though I believe there’s only one way of being a Muslim, many would disagree for each wants to worship the Lord as their scholar sees fit. I think (as per the Quran verse mentioned above) that Allah taught the profit his way so that he can teach us; yet there are hundreds of scholars disagreeing on matters that were settled more than a thousand years ago!

I think we all noticed how fragile these political alliances are, and how these moody rebels reinvent their standards and beliefs regularly and as it serves their ambitions. Why is that our scholars’ sees the Quran as the leather cover that hugs the sacred texts, and hand chopping of thief’s? Why have they avoided that part about mercy and kindness? Why don’t they follow the footsteps of the profit? When he prayed for salvation for those who stoned him; for those who lost their way, instead of cursing them and pray the Lord “the merciful” to shake the earth beneath their feet; to vanish them from his earth; to burn them in an eternal flame! That’s not the Islam I know.  The one I know is a different one; a forgiving one; a loving one…

They blame the west for their corruption! They never alleged themselves responsible for the rearward direction the nation is driving towards; and if they are smart enough to blame the west; why haven’t they changed the stated facts and beat it! So much for thinkers I’d say.

“Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned, that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil).” (41 Ar-Room)

“For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Allah does not change a people´s lot unless they change what is in their hearts. But when (once) Allah willeth a people´s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect.” (11 Ar-Ra’d)

I don’t even have to explain these two self-explained verses; for they clearly state that it’s all in people’s own free well to make their lives as good as heaven on earth or a fiery hell hole… instead of blaming others; God the Almighty gave us a manual on how to make things happen…  want peace and justice? Start with your own self, then demand it upon you; if not… we’ll have another so called Arab Spring on our hands.

No I don’t claim to be a wise man, A poet or a saint; I’m just another man who’s searchin’ For a better way;

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

21 days later

Life in general is full of journeys; and mine in particular is as well… Many faces have come and gone; and many will come and go… yet some can’t be forgotten… Somehow that’s what I hate the most… Goodbyes!

It’s time to hit the road and once again I leave you all behind, it’s time to say goodbye my friends, I’m glad you stayed until the end… Hoping the time spent is a time well spent… Although I know that one day I’ll be back again… and until I do… I’ll be thinking of you…

Yes it’s time to say aufwiedersehn, sayonata and ciao my friend, you¹ll always have a place within my heart;

A.K

Have Life will travel…

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Many looked for knowledge that explains the meaning of life… apparently it is whatever you want it to be!

We only live once, and only this time to do whatever we want to; a hundred years later, no one would memorize the stupid oversights you achieved, so make a fool of yourself while you still have the chance cause if you waste your life trying to be the coolest kid around, you will never be happy with yourself and lets face it; no one else will!

Live life to the fullest, dare the adventures coming your way… And “have life will travel” my friend…

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Existence

 

 

 

 

 

 

I exist not
not even in oblivion; no I’m not

I exist not
for your sake; no I better not

I exist not
neither up in heavens, nor here tying a knot

I exist not
therefore I am; or am I not?

I exist not
if not in your heart; then it won’t matter… just like a dot

I exist not
without your touch and loving sought

I exist not…

I just am not!

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Shiites 101

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For us to understand this sect of Islam, we’ll have to go through and understand what made them who they are, and what differentiate them from their fellow Muslims;

“Like other schools of thought in Islam, Shia Islam is based on the teachings of the Quran and the message of the Islamic prophet Muhammad www.wikipedia.com”.

Their main focus is backing up the prophet‘s disciple, cousin, and son in law Ali Ibn Abu Taleb; and his 11 descendants from the prophet’s daughter. Each of them is called “Imam” that is “leader” and believed to be Infallible as much as the prophet was. When the prophet passed away; the Shiites believed (and still do) that when his family were busy sitting up the funeral and grieving; the disciples gathered and elected Abu Baker as the Khalifa (ruler) after the prophet and that Ali Ibn Abi Taleb was not involved specially that they still claim that he should be the one and no elections were required in the first place cause the Prophet himself named Ali to be his successor (as claimed). Shiites, a word derived from an Arabic word for following or tracking, meant for supporting Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (and his descendants) who was the prophet’s cousin and son in law.

The Shiites believe they represent Islam in its true form, and unlike the other sects, were formed during the days of the prophet, and not after his death as presumed; for the Prophet answered Ali Ibn Ali Taleb when he asked him “who are the elite of people?” saying “you and your Shiites (followers)”.

Among other terms that has been invented in the past few decades; Welayat Al Faqeeh “support of a scholar” is a term that has seen the light in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini and his fellow Shiite scholars overthrown the monarchs in Iran and introduced that Ideology for the first time. That term was thought of two hundred years earlier only, by an Iranian scholar known as Ahmed Al Naraqi, a student of “Kashef Al Gheta’a” who wrote this scheme right after the fall of the Safavid dynasty. In my opinion that was a way to take exception to the only available way of ruling a nation, to somehow re-read the scripts and try to read between the lines, or even invent a new direction or even change it. In Shiites beliefs, they shouldn’t involve in politics and shouldn’t form a nation or take over a throne; for only the long awaited Imam is allowed to do so, for he was hidden from people for about 1400 years so he won’t give in to anyone under all sorts of pressure like his ancestors did; specially after the bloody battle that ended tragically for his great grand father Imam Hussain Ibn Ali Ibn Taleb in the battle of Karbala. Shockingly the Ayatollah Khomeini was against that Idea when was introduced to him by Shaikh Al Montazeri (as per what’s mentioned in his memoir) in the early 1960’s; but then the idea was to unify Sunnites and Shiites in a new movement. And then he (Khomeini) started introducing the idea in his lectures by the year 1969. The new method (unlike the original) could be implemented NOW, instead of waiting for God knows how long; yet they did formulate it to serve them properly. Only a scholar or an Ayatollah can be part of this system, no commoner is allowed unless he’s “heart and soul” pro radicalism and as they see fit.

Al Waley Al Faqeeh (called “Waley Amr Al Muslimeen” means “Guardian of all Muslims” on other occasions) as per the new set up is the highest authority in that system; he appoints and sacks anyone as he sees fit; for he’s the voice of God on his earth until the Imam rises; so he hands it to him as per some claims. when Ahmedi Nejad a couple of years back welcomed Obama’s efforts to solve the middle eastern ongoing crises; Ayatollah Khamenni who is Al Waley Al Faqeeh spoken publically right after a Friday prayer as I recall and battered the elected president who changed his position shortly afterwards. Why hold presidential elections for an honorary position? And why not elect Al Waley Al Faqeeh himself! But that can’t be done for they claim he is acting on behalf of the long awaited Imam!

It is believed by Shiites that Imams or Ahl Ulbait (the 14 descendants of the profit and his son in law) are immaculate therefore are the only trustworthy people to rule. Yet in their absence no one was allowed to take that role; until the Islamic Revolution took place in Iran thirty three years ago and introduced the new ideology. Therefore if Al Waley Al Faqeeh isn’t immaculate as Ahl Al Bait believed to be; then what’s the sharia (religious law of Islam) background to following him blindly?!

It is essential to mention that the Shiites are obliged to follow a certain scholar and do as he says, for some claim that a person who isn’t, God won’t accept his prayers; and that’s another reason for the submission of the common man to the religious structure.

The above has been written as per my humble understanding to the whole tale; and that is one part only (political) that I didn’t want to go through other cultural side in this article; but will be discussed on other occasions.

As well; from what I understood from discussing with some scholars and their authorized representatives is that some of their claimed followers do as they interpret is best for them and others assume that the scholar advised it or recommended it; which creates some useless arguments here as well. Beside the fact that this sect (just like others) is suffering from never ending arguments about secondary issues that does not matter at all; and that’s the reason why they are still sinking in the idea of being ill-treated and neglected just like Ahl Al Bait were.

I do believe that if they took that idea off their minds and started focusing on the NOW and THEN, none of that will be an issue for we should work on achieving something then wait for the result, not the other way around.

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie